Pakistan approaches Jordan as trade gateway, anti-terror partner

King holds talks with Pakistani premier, army commander in Islamabad

By JT – Feb 08,2018 – JORDAN TIMES

His Majesty King Abdullah holds talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on bilateral ties and regional and international developments.

During bilateral talks, which were held at the PM House and were followed by an expanded meeting attended by senior officials on both sides, discussions covered means to advance cooperation in political, economic, commercial, military, security and cultural areas, a Royal Court statement said.

The two sides affirmed the deep, historical ties that Jordan and Pakistan share, as well as the importance of capitalising on available opportunities to strengthen economic cooperation and increase trade exchange, especially in the fields of mining and fertilisers.

Discussions also touched on opportunities to capitalise on Jordan’s strategic location as a gateway into US, European and African markets, due to the free trade agreements the Kingdom has signed with various countries.

The two sides underlined the tenth round of meetings of the Joint Jordanian-Pakistani Ministerial Committee, which will be held in Islamabad in March.

In addition, discussions addressed regional and international efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic approach to counter its threat to global peace and security.

King Abdullah reaffirmed Jordan’s appreciation of and support for Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism and extremism.

The King also stressed Jordan’s willingness to cooperate closely with Pakistan in this regard.

Turning to the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem, His Majesty stressed the importance of breaking the deadlock in the peace process, arriving at just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution, relevant UN resolutions and international law, and the Arab Peace Initiative, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967, lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.


1 reply

  1. As usual in such talks the interesting topics will be the ones that did not make it into the press briefing notes.

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